Arellano downs St. Benilde; UAAP partners with Sports Vision

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe battle between current and past NCAA champions turned one-sided in favor of Arellano, which plastered St. Benilde, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points in the rematch between semifinalists of last NCAA season’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Green Spikers fought back from a set down to turn back the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, while the Tigers dominated the UP Maroons, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.Meanwhile, junior volleyball gets a big shot in the arm as the UAAP and Sports Vision joined hands for the tournament that starts Sept. 9.Unlike in previous seasons where the UAAP juniors competitions are held at school gyms, the girls’ and boys’ tournament will now be played at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.“In our continuing effort to develop the sport, particularly our young players, we will provide them good playing conditions which will help raise the level of competition,” said Sports Vision president Moying Martelino.The matches will be played in between the men’s and women’s games of the Collegiate Conference every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third timecenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I told them to use their PVL experience and help motivate their younger teammates,” said Javier.Earlier, La Salle and UST hurdled their respective rivals in the men’s side of the season-ending conference. Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 points while Necole Ebuen and Reginal Arocha chipped in nine each.Arellano coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs’ experience in the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the league organized by Sports Vision is starting to bear fruit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taallast_img read more

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Unidentified man crushed to death

first_imgAn unidentified man, who attempted to jump out of a canter, was crushed to death on the Annandale Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Sunday morning.The canter, GHH 3986, was at the time being driven by a Paradise, ECD resident. The victim, however, was reportedly in the tray of the vehicle and beckoned for the driver to stop.As the driver slowed down, the man attempted to jump out of the tray but slipped and fell onto the roadway.The left rear wheel of the vehicle reportedly ran over his head.The driver quickly stopped, picked up the injured man and rushed him to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) but he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver has since been taken into Police custody and an investigation was launched.last_img read more

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Colton football coach hospitalized

first_img “Coach Strauss was being stubborn about going to the hospital, but Tiff was being more stubborn (insisting that he go),” McVey said. Strauss went to St. Bernardine’s Hospital and it was determined he had suffered a heart attack. An angioplasty also revealed that he had an artery that was blocked. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was in the intensive care unit, but could be moved to his own room soon. “He’s very coherent,” McVey said. “He and I are always cracking jokes and when I cracked one he smiled, but he wasn’t able to laugh out loud.” McVey said Strauss is scheduled to be in the hospital for three to five days. He added that assistant coaches Rick Bray and Chris Mailo have taken over running the off-season workouts and will continue to do so until Strauss is ready to return. Strauss has been in good health in recent years, but a bad back incurred a few months ago had curtailed his regular regimen. Strauss is one of the county’s most successful coaches, having won league titles in three of the past four years (two in the San Andreas League and one in the Citrus Belt League) and CIF eight-man titles at Bloomington Christian in 1985 and ’93. Colton High School football coach Harold Strauss is recovering after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, Colton athletic director Kirk McVey said. McVey said Strauss felt like he had indigestion on Sunday night and was expressing concern to his daughter Tiffany. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Wounded soldiers vent their frustrations on care

first_imgJohn H. Chiles, a retired colonel who was chief of anesthesiology at Walter Reed and chief of staff at the U.S. Army hospital in Baghdad, said the military medical system was “underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed.” Jose R. Ramos, a hospital corpsman who lost his arm in combat in Iraq, said he received first-class care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. But he said he had often been frustrated in seeking care at Walter Reed and at a local veterans hospital. Long delays Ramos, a commission member, said he had been thwarted by the “military bureaucracy.” At Walter Reed, Ramos said, he experienced long delays because of “the sheer numbers of patients each doctor must keep track of.” “It was rare that I ever saw the same doctor,” Ramos reported. “I constantly had to re-explain my symptoms and medical history.” Moreover, Ramos said, the transition from Walter Reed to the Department of Veterans Affairs was a struggle. “Three different times I had to gather all my medical information and resubmit a package because three different times the VA managed to lose it,” Ramos said. “Even after I was medically retired, the VA had no idea that I was an amputee.” In an interview, Ramos recalled how he informed his doctor at the VA that he had an artificial limb: “I knocked on my carbon-fiber arm and said, `I’m missing an arm, buddy.”‘ Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, said military medicine had made great strides since he was wounded in action in Italy 62 years ago, on April 14, 1945. Of the commission’s work, he said, “This is not going to be a witch hunt or a whitewash.” Tammy Edwards, another commission member, said she faced a never-ending “battle with paperwork” as she tried to get care for her husband, Staff Sgt. Christopher Edwards, who was severely burned in Iraq when a 500-pound bomb exploded under his vehicle. After getting out of the intensive care unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, her husband faced a new problem, Edwards said. “He was not receiving any mental health services and had fallen into a deep depression,” she said. “He felt that he would be stuck in the hospital forever. His pain was so intense that he would often ask me why we did not let him die in the first place.” Edwards said the armed forces should focus on “healing the family unit as a whole.” “Family members are often overlooked,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Giammatteo, a West Point graduate and former Army captain, said he had observed a “lack of caring or compassion in some of the work force” at Walter Reed. “On several occasions,” Giammatteo said, “I, and others I have spoken to, felt that we were being judged as if we chose our nation’s foreign policy and, as a result, received little if any assistance. Some individuals, most of whom are civilian workers and do not wear the uniform, judge the wounded unfairly and treat them similarly, adopting a `Can’t help you, you’re on your own’ attitude.” Giammatteo, a member of the commission, testified at the first meeting of the panel Saturday. President George W. Bush created the nine-member panel March 6 to investigate the care that wounded troops receive when they return from the battlefield. Former Sen. Bob Dole, a Republican, and Donna E. Shalala, who was secretary of health and human services in the Clinton administration, are co-chairmen of the panel, known officially as the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. The panel plans to hold several hearings around the country and is supposed to issue its report, with recommendations, by June 30. The deadline can be extended to July 31 if necessary. WASHINGTON – Wounded soldiers and veterans poured out their frustrations with the military health care system Saturday, telling a presidential commission that they had often had difficulty getting care because military doctors were overwhelmed by the needs of service members injured in Iraq. Speaking from experience, the soldiers and veterans described the military health care system as a labyrinth, said their families had been swamped with paperwork and complained that some care providers lacked compassion. Marc A. Giammatteo, who has undergone more than 30 operations to repair a leg torn apart by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq, said the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, had been inundated with wounded members of the armed forces whose numbers surpassed its capacity. Lack of compassion last_img
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CARD PAYMENT MELTDOWN FURY IN DONEGAL

first_imgBUSINESSES and consumers are furious after a card payment meltdown in west Donegal.People trying to pay for goods and services haven’t been able to do so with laser or credit cards for THREE DAYS.And in a world where cards are fast replacing cash as the chosen method of payment, it’s causing serious hardship for businesses. “We have had to turn people away,” said one angry Dungloe businessman who contacted donegaldaily.com.“I’ve called the bank several times but they just say they are working to repair their systems.“It just shows how important card services are….we’ve lost an awful lot of business. And it has been hugely inconvenient for customers who have had to go to the post office to withdraw cash.”Even local petrol stations have had to erect ‘No Cards’ signs. But a breakdown in such services in not unusual. CARD PAYMENT MELTDOWN FURY IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mental tests set for bridge fire suspect

first_imgNORWALK – The trial of a homeless man accused of intentionally starting a fire that destroyed the Beverly Boulevard bridge was delayed Wednesday in Norwalk Court due to doubts over the man’s mental competence. Nelson Gastelum, 29, is charged with one felony count of recklessly starting the Nov. 1 fire. He was arrested Nov. 4. He had been living under the bridge, which spans the Rio Hondo channel between Pico Rivera and Montebello, for a year, authorities said. “My client is unable to assist in his own defense,” Roberto Guaderrama, Gastelum’s attorney, said Wednesday. Guaderrama asked for a suspension of criminal proceedings until his client’s mental status could be determined. To bolster his request, Guaderrama pointed to Gastelum’s history of mental illness, which his family testified to during his preliminary hearing on Dec. 19. At that time, Gastelum’s brother, Mario Gastelum, testified his brother was “different.” Other relatives testified that they knew Gastelum was living under a bridge. At the time of his arrest, Gastelum told police he had lighted a fire to keep warm. But at his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty, claiming that another homeless man ignited the blaze by tossing a burning cigarette under the bridge. Norwalk Court Judge Larry S. Knupp granted the suspension of Gastelum’s trial for six weeks while the defendant undergoes evaluation by two psychiatrists. A hearing was scheduled for April 4 in Norwalk Court, at which the psychiatrists will report their findings regarding Gastelum’s fitness to stand trial, said Guaderrama. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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ECLIPSE CINEMAS BRINGING BACK CLASSIC FLM MRS DOUBFIRE TO THE SCREEN ON THE 23RD OF MARCH

first_imgWild CardWhen a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play…and it’s all or nothing.Released 20th Mar: Certificate Strictly 16: Run Time 93mins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcB-vQ1WCzoThe GunmanA former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.Released 20th Mar: Certificate Strictly 16: Run Time 115mins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrUVEca2AuAInsurgentBeatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.Released 20th Mar: Certificate 12A: Run Time 119minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR-l_TSjlEo HomeWhen Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human.Released 20th Mar: Certificate G: Run Time 93minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyqZf8LiWvM The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterWhen a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.Playing Sat 21st –Sun 22nd March: Certificate G: Run Time 93minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGjbpO1toTcEclipse Classics23rd March – Mrs Doubtfire (1993)ECLIPSE CINEMAS BRINGING BACK CLASSIC FLM MRS DOUBFIRE TO THE SCREEN ON THE 23RD OF MARCH was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesMrs DoubtfireNoticeslast_img read more

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Iceland are out to win everyone’s hearts again at the World Cup

first_img Iceland fans perform the famous Viking Clap Live on talksport GROUP D “Before anyone asks,” said Hallgrimsson, “I’m still a dentist and I will never stop being a dentist.”Priceless. And it got even better, not least when asked about what makes his team – and the country as a whole – so infectious.“People can’t help but love us,” he replied. “We certainly feel it. We have not attacked anyone or been at war with anyone. Well, except the ‘cod war’ and nobody got hurt there.”Hallgrimsson can’t hide his pride at being in Russia. Argentina, he said, was the biggest game in the lives of every one of his players – far bigger than England two years ago. Group D 4 But there is a serious side too. He believes 100 per cent in his team who, he said, had planned meticulously. And woe betide anyone who uses the “M” word again.“What we did two years ago was not a miracle,” he retorted when asked about Iceland’s exploits in France.“We are 22nd in the FIFA rankings and we won our qualifying group. We deserve to be here.“It’s down to knowing your strengths and weaknesses. We play a different style of football to many teams but if you work together as a unit then anything is achievable and I hope we can continue showing that. Anyone who thinks it is a shock we are here doesn’t know much about the Iceland national team.” Argentina World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up Heimir Hallgrimsson oversees an Iceland training session They’re back. And everyone has fallen in love with them – again.Two years after making the quarter-finals at the European Championship, knocking out England in the process, guess what Icelandic head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson’s first words were at his media conference on the eve of the country’s World Cup debut against the mighty Argentina? Iceland World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up ICE BREAKER He continued: “I understand that, for other nations, this is strange and probably couldn’t happen but it shows the unity between the fans and the team.“It’s more than a football game – this is part of them. We give the fans ownership in the team and vice versa. You can see it in their eyes.”But after their unexpected exploits two years ago, surely Iceland can only go one way: down. Not so, says the dentist.“Icelandic football doesn’t stand or fall by the results in three group games. We know we can have the best game of their lives tomorrow and still lose to Argentina. That’s just reality.” 4 Argentina v Iceland is LIVE on talkSPORT Argentina v Iceland: Preview, team news, kick-off time and commentary Messi and co head to training on golf buggy driven by Di Maria Iceland manager – and dentist – Heimir Hallgrimsson Iceland celebrate knocking England out of Euro 2016 Former England assistant explains Iceland horror show – ‘there was mass panic’ BUGGING OUT But how on Earth will his team be able to cope with the other “M” word – Messi?“I don’t have a magic formula,” said Hallgrimsson. “Everyone has tried everything against him and he always manages to score a goal. We’ll help each other and try to do it as a team.“It would unfair to give one player the role of guarding Messi. But it’s not just Messi. They are crammed with talent. If you focus on one player, someone else will punish you.”Win or lose, Hallgrimsson will probably end up in bar somewhere during the tournament mixing with the fans. 4 4 Iceland’s bearded captain and inspiration Aron Gunnarsson has recovered from  a knee injury to  push the team on.“He’s invaluable,” says the coach.  “Every trainer in the world looks for a player who will sacrifice everything on the pitch.”Gunnarson says he and his teammates will take heart from beating England at Euro 2016.“We’ve taken that experience into this tournament and have nothing to lose,” he said.“We weren’t sure what to expect last time. This time, the preparations have been far easier.”Argentina v Iceland is LIVE on talkSPORT on Saturday, kick-off 14:00last_img read more

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Funding approved for Donegal school extension

first_imgDeele College in Raphoe is set to gain new classrooms under a building project which has been confirmed today.Funding has been approved for the post-primary Donegal ETB school to replace prefabs with permanent classrooms.Two new Metalwork/Engineering rooms are on the way to Deele College, while funding will also be used to build two special education needs base classrooms and general classrooms. Cllr Frank McBrearty, who has welcomed today’s funding announcement, said that the existing Metalwork/Engineering room at Deele will be decommissioned and replaced with a new technical drawing room.With the building project, the school will be able to remove five prefabs that have been in use for a number of years.“This will be a great boost for the school; teachers and most importantly the growing number of students which attend Deele College,” Cllr McBrearty said.Funding approved for Donegal school extension was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deele college raphoelast_img read more

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New board for Brand South Africa

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • Margaret Dingalo Director: Stakeholder Relations Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 www.brandsouthafrica.com • Trevor Chueu MS&L Worldwide | South Africa +27 235 4324 082 446 1831The diverse and experienced new board of Brand South Africa (formerly known as the International Marketing Council) is united in its determination to promote the country and build its brand in 2010, South Africa’s milestone year, the organisation says in a press release.The recently appointed new board of Brand South Africa (BSA) is determined to ensure that South Africans buy into and live the brand promise made in the country’s international marketing campaign, in order to achieve national economic growth.This is the assurance given by BSA board chairperson Anitha Soni, who says the new board will reinvigorate the nation-branding effort to position South Africa as an attractive destination and partner for tourism, trade and investment, and to help the country realise its international relations objectives.Soni chairs a board of trustees that was appointed to a three-year term in late 2009 and whose composition reflects both the government and BSA’s belief that diversity and expertise is a winning combination.Soni, the former deputy chairperson of the first Tourism Black Economic Empowerment Charter Council, is a highly accomplished tourism specialist and award-winning businesswoman.The board is made up of 12 independent members, as well as nine provincial and three government representatives. The members were selected for their business acumen, expertise in areas such as tourism, local economic development, communication, marketing and sport, and their proven contribution to the wellbeing and upliftment of South African society.Members’ skills mix and vast experience gained in the private and public sectors enhance the board’s ability to take the South African brand promise, Alive with Possibility, to reality.“The BSA Board of Trustees is honoured to be given an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to our nation brand,” says Soni “We are committed to fulfilling the organisation’s revised mandate and leveraging our cumulative strengths and expertise effectively.”Soni says BSA is mandated to build a national brand which positions South Africa as the country to attract tourism, trade and investment as well as to realise its international relations objectives.“Building South Africa’s reputation in the international arena must be done with the overriding purpose of national economic growth in mind. To market South Africa successfully, and to achieve the growth objective, it is important to establish a link between the brand promise and its fulfilment,” she says.“This can only be done if two conditions are met – BSA has to reflect the will of the country, and the council must ensure it obtains citizen buy-in on the brand promise. Only if these conditions are fulfilled will we be able to effect performance delivery on a national basis.“Over the past seven years BSA has done valuable work to engender the necessary alignment. The members of the new board have the know-how and experience to give even greater impetus to this process to the benefit of Brand South Africa. The composition of the board in terms of independent members and provincial representatives will also prove invaluable.”Leadership diversity“Diversity drives results,” says Soni. “Diverse backgrounds and perspectives enrich the work and enhance an organisation’s ability to succeed. It is imperative to entrench such diversity in the leadership structure.The composition of the Board makes provision for remarkable diversity across a number of factors, ranging from gender to experience in applicable fields.“President Zuma, in appointing the Board, also recognised the wealth of leadership in our country. A number of the Board members have proven their bona fides by not only surviving as entrepreneurs by holding their own in successful businesses.“Sandile Zungu is recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Chichi Maponya heads up one of South Africa’s proud business successes. Lucas Radebe represents the development and leadership of sports and has held football captain positions both locally and internationally.“Similarly, other board members have made a contribution to the success of our country. We believe that engaging these fresh, young, and vibrant leaders will serve to deliver on, and, sustain South Africa’s brand profile.“We also want to see this reflected within the executive team at the IMC. Our leadership collateral in the country must be tapped into to progress our country’s growth objectives.“While there is much diversity and quality leadership amongst the board, there is also a common denominator, and this is the passion the members have for their country.”Praise from the PresidencyThe Presidency has welcomed Soni’s appointment as chairperson, saying her extensive experience and passion for South Africa makes her ideal for the position.“Through her action-orientated approach she has become known for her strategic expertise, her ability to implement and for producing innovative and workable solutions,” says Collins Chabane, minister in the Presidency.“Ms Soni has contributed substantially to the development of policy, locally and in the Southern African Development Community region. Her work includes developing the tourism White Paper for South Africa, designing and implementing the initial tourism enterprise programme, marketing strategies for SADC countries and the framework for the SADC Univisa programme. She has also developed the Tourism Human Resources Development Plan for the government of Mozambique,” says Chabane.Determining prioritiesSoni says the board is firmly focused on optimising South Africa’s investment in two major global event: the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2010.“President Zuma has indicated that 2010 marks South Africa’s most important year since 1994,” says Soni. “The World Cup has led to a resurgence of national pride. BSA has locked into this pride and has launched a number of exciting and robust initiatives which will contribute to growing 2010’s brand capital potential. We will continue to mobilise the nation until the final whistle blows.”Looking beyond the World Cup, BSA will re-launch its campaign with a competitive value proposition which will reflect the recommendations of the Vision 2025 process (a national long-term plan), the values embedded in the Constitution and the DNA of the nation brand.BSA Executive AuthorityMr Collins Chabane, minister in the Presidency, Performance Management and MonitoringBSA Board Trustees Independent membersMr Ajay Gupta, Chairman of Sahara HoldingsMs Anitha Soni, tourism specialist, CEO ASA Tourism Services Group, Director of Companies – Women in Tourism & Hospitality, Utembezi Investments & ProServ South Africa.Adv Brenda Madumise, a non-practising advocate with vast business experience and a director of a number of private companiesDr Danny Jordaan, Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, an accomplished organiser and marketer of the South African brandMr Esa Yacoob, an accomplished Western Cape tourism expertMr Happy Ntshingila, a communication and marketing specialist, and Group Executive for Marketing and Communication at AbsaDr Judy Dlamini, businesswoman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Mbekani Group, a company with operations in health and investments in pharmaceuticals, property and tourismMr Lucas Radebe, SA Tourism’s 2010 Brand Ambassador, a successful businessperson, accomplished soccer player and philanthropistMr Sandile Zungu, chairman of Zungu Investments Company (Zico), Chairman: Aflease Gold. Non-executive director: SARHWU Investment Holdings, Viamax Fleet Solutions, Uranium One Africa and KwaZulu-Natal Growth FundMr Vusi Mvelase, director of Vusi Mvelase and Associates, a communications consultancy companyMr Wayne Morris, founding partner and managing director at Growth Strategy and Engagement Corporation, a niche consultancy focusing on strategic interventions with key clientsMr Welcome Msomi, an internationally acclaimed playwright, choreographer and directorMr Zizi Kodwa, political communication and campaign specialist, former head of communication for the ANC Youth League, former marketing manager for Denel and current spokesperson for the ANC President Provincial representativesMr Alan Winde (Western Cape), MEC for Finance, Economic Development and TourismMs Chichi Maponya (Gauteng), Managing Director of the Maponya GroupMs Itumeleng Victoria Moloi (Free State), Director for Local Economic Development and Tourism at Fezile Dabi District MunicipalityMs Kenosi Vanessa Meruti (Northern Cape), a Commissioner with the Commission for Gender EqualityMr Lefty Mogorosi ( North West Province) A seasoned businessman, President of the North West African Chamber of Commerce, a Council member of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), a member of the Provincial Anti – Corruption Forum and a member of the North West Provincial Economic Advisory CouncilMs Mathipe Orcillia Moganedi (Limpopo), a businessperson with interests in retail, media, IT, mining and communications sectorsMs Neela Hoosain (Eastern Cape), has served as MEC for Education, Member of the Provincial Legislature, Deputy Chairperson of Chairpersons, Whip and Deputy Whip in the legislatureMr Sydney Kunene (Mpumalanga), a director of NAFCOC Investment Holdings, member of the Nafcoc National Executive Committee and a Member of the Provincial Government BEE Advisory CommitteeMr Thabo Mhlongo (KwaZulu Natal), a businessperson with interests in the tourism field Government representativesDr Ayanda Ntsaluba, Director-General of the Department of International Relations and CooperationMr Themba Maseko, CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)Mr Tshediso Matona, Director-General of the Department of Trade and IndustryAbout Brand South AfricaThe International Marketing Council of South Africa, later to be known as Brand South Africa, was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective.This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

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